Traveling in Australia? Visiting the East Coast and curious to know what are the best stops? Well if you are in Sydney, you should stop by Manly. It has an amazing seaside view where you can escape and get lost in the wonderful attractions and run away from the city noise.
It’s location is only a short ferry ride from Sydney’s famous Circular Quay where you can witness the outstanding architecture of the Opera House and Sydney’s famous Harbour bridge. On your way over do yourself a favour and sit back, relax and feel your mind get taken over by these attractions as it takes on the surroundings of a quiet but yet busy harbour which is filled with luxury yachting and sailing boats.
Manly’s Wharf will be the first place your feet will step off onto when arriving from the Ferry. Now’s the best time to start your Northern Beaches experience. Coming from the Wharf let's head outside and have a look around - beaches on each side, restaurants, cafes and a beautiful main street called The Corso where you can start your journey to the main beach and if you’re after smaller places there’s Little Manly beach. Little Manly is a waveless beach which is the perfect place for paddleboarding, kayaking or even chilling at "the office" as the locals here call it. You could even enjoy the views of this bay with a little picnic lunch with family and some friends.
When we walk around the main street of The Corso you can’t help but notice all the popular surf shops, fashion & retails outlets on display waiting for you to venture inside. If shopping isn’t your thing don’t feel as though you’re missing out, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, pubs and galleries to take up your time.
At the end of The Corso, you finally arrive at Manly’s Ocean Beach. Here you will discover the hidden beauty of Manly.
On the South end take the 15 minute boardwalk which will lead you to Shelly Beach. This is the best place for a picnic or a barbecue so don't forget to go shopping in the Corso before making your way over as the facilities located at Shelly beach are great. On your way there you will be passing Fairy Bower Rockpool and ‘beachy’ cafés. When you arrive, get ready to head into the Ocean and maybe go for a snorkel.
On the other side, heading to the northern end of Manly Oceans beach, take with you your surfboard and enjoy the good waves of Manly Beach. And if you are not a big fan of waves, no worries mate, stay chilled on the beach and maybe show your friends or family some volleyball skills by using the beaches free volleyball court facilities. Other than that, the walkway along the beach is the perfect place to ride a bike, skateboard with friends or just a chill on the grass.
If you like adventure and are keen for a long walk, head back to Manly Wharf and start your journey to the Spit Bridge. This is a wonderful scenic walk which gives you 10km of unspoiled bushland and amazing bay views that will take approximately 3 hours (one way) for you to finish. The bus is always a favorable option to head back to the Wharf after this little escape.
Like snorkeling? Is the underwater world your passion or are you just curious to discover what is hiding under the waves of the ocean? If you have your snorkel equipment, good on you, if you don't no worries head back to the Corso and all you need is a pair of goggles. In the Manly area; Collins Flat, Clovelly pool, Shelly Beach, Manly cove and Little Manly possess small swells that are actually perfect for snorkelers.
If you are more fan of big waves, grab your surfboard and head to Manly main beach, Queenscliff Beach, Curl Curl Beach or even Freshwater Beach. Those locations will do their job, enjoy the waves!
During the weekend discover the charming little markets taking place on the Corso as it’s well worth a visit. From an impressive showcase of local goods which are handmade, to even Australian arts and crafts on display. There are plenty of trendy and fashionable clothes, furniture or even gorgeous jewellery for you... Lose yourself in Manly’s town and discover what the locals have to offer. You never know what treasures you will find there and anything here will make a great souvenir for your loved ones.
Last but not least, if you are around Manly and have a few hours in front of you and your exploration mood is showing up, let's head to Palm Beach! 45 minutes by car or 80 minutes by bus, this little escapade is going to blow your mind away.
Palm Beach is sitting on a peninsula, blessed with a unique contrast of lush evergreen bushland and beaches of golden sand, enveloped by the pristine blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the calm sailing paradise of Pittwater. Once again if you are an adept of surf, grab your board with you and head to the northern end of the Beach. But the main reason why Palm Beach is so famous is for the Lighthouse on the top of the Peninsula. Be ready to lose yourself on the trail and head to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for a 2.3km walk. You will not be disappointed when you will reach the peninsula and will be able to fully enjoy the landscape view and its calm.
Feel the wind, listen to the waves crashing on rocks, watch the boats sailing on the horizon,.. find peace within yourself and reconnect with Mother Nature.
After your Northern Beaches experience, you will find that your head will be full of long lasting memories and breathtaking photos captured on your phone.